Titans call on Benedetti as volunteer assistant
FULLERTON, Calif. –Cal State Fullerton Baseball and head coach Jason Dietrich announced the hiring of Danny Benedetti as a volunteer assistant coach Thursday afternoon.
“We are delighted to add Danny to our coaching staff. He is a native of So Cal and brings over nine years of experience as a Division I coach,” said Dietrich. “He’s worked and played for some of the most respected coaches in the country. Danny will be working with our receivers and helping Neil Walton with the hitters. Let’s welcome Danny to the Titan family.”
Prior to joining the Titans, Benedetti coached at San Diego State, where the Aztecs won the 2018 Mountain West Championship and made an NCAA regional appearance in Corvallis, Oregon. In 2017, Benedetti was an assistant coach at Manhattan College, where he helped the team compete in the MAAC conference tournament.
âI am honored and thrilled to be a part of the Titans Family Coach alongside Jason Dietrich, Neil Walton and Josh Bevlosky in an academic program deeply rooted in winning traditions, alumni follow-up, fan support and the success on and off the pitch, âsaid Benedetti.
Benedetti began his college coaching career at Long Beach State, working as a graduate assistant from 2010 to 2013 before returning to his alma mater, St. John’s, where he spent three seasons under the direction of the Temple coach. ABCA Fame, Ed Blankmeyer. In 2015, Benedetti was part of the St. John’s staff who coached the team to a Big East Championship while making an appearance at the Stillwater, Oklahoma NCAA Regional. While coaching in St. John’s, nine players were drafted in the MLB freshman draft.
Benedetti has also served as the Thunder Bay Border Cats head coach, an assistant coach working with the Border Cats pitchers, and an assistant coach working with the Alexandria Beetles hitters who held the 2012 Northwoods Collegiate Summer Baseball League batting title. . He was also the head coach of the Sag Harbor Whalers of the Hampton Collegiate Summer League, leading them to a co-championship in 2014 while managing the All-Star Southern team.
Remarkable on the field, Benedetti played two years at St. John’s University after transferring from Irvine Valley College. While in St. John’s, Benedetti won back-to-back All-Big East accolades, Big East / Big Ten Tournament First Team Recognition and assisted the Red Storm in the 2008 Big East Tournament Championship and a place in the Houston Regional.
Benedetti contributed to St. John’s success by beating an overall average of .332 with a homerun, 18 doubles and 50 RBIs, a .392 percentage on base while throwing 45.3% of potential base thieves. Benedetti was also named to Coleman Company’s prestigious Johnny Bench Watchlist for Receivers.
During the summers of 2007 and 2008, Benedetti played for the Thunder Bay Border Cats in the Northwoods Summer Collegiate Wood Bat League, where he was recognized as a mid-season and postseason star. In 2008, he was on the NWL Championship team and received the NWL Rawlings’ first offensive player award as wide receiver in 2007.
At Irvine Valley College, Benedetti hit 0.345 and caught 58.6 percent of the base thieves where he was coached by Dietrich and Kent Madole.
Benedetti is originally from Southern California where he attended Los Alamitos High School. He then received a Masters of Public Administration from Long Beach State in 2013. Prior to joining LBSU, he graduated from St. John’s University in 2009 after earning an Associate of Arts degree from LBSU. ‘Irvine Valley College in 2007.